Closing date: Friday 18 May 2018 at 9am
Start Date: September 2018
Interview Date: 22 May 2018
About United Learning
Walthamstow Academy is part of United Learning, a large and growing group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England. Schools within United Learning work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. By collecting expertise and combining resources, we help to make the tough job of teaching a little easier. With a shared curriculum and lesson plans from around the group available to all, our teachers have strong foundations to lead the engaging, rounded education our children deserve. Our intranet site, United Hub, is just one example of how we share this resource and communicate across sites, helping to simplify processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance. We reward our staff: with wide career opportunities – between Primary and Secondary, Academy and Independent – better pay, benefits, and ultimately the satisfaction of helping every child at each of our schools to succeed and reach their full potential.
United Learning is a unique group of independent and state schools working together to achieve the best in everyone. Our vision is to provide excellent education so that all young people are able to make a success of their lives and, if we are to realise this vision, we need to make sure we attract, develop and reward the key ingredient – you.
Opportunity to play a role in the development of our highly successful Academy
We seek an outstanding and innovative Head of Biology to lead a successful and dynamic department. We are looking for someone who is committed to securing high standards of learning and teaching in order to raise academic achievement. You must be an outstanding teacher who can lead developments across all Key Stages. You must be committed to securing high standards and raising academic attainment for all students. You can expect to play a strategic role in the Academy’s future; taking responsibility for all aspects of the department and in ensuring a consistent commitment to innovation and excellence. You will have the opportunity to contribute to our large enrichment programme and share expertise across a growing group of Academies and independent schools within United Learning.
As the Head of Biology you will be a passionate, dedicated and outstanding teacher who can take responsibility for the rapid progress of the students you teach. There will be the opportunity to teach Science at Key Stage 3 and 4, Biology GCSE and Biology at A Level. We know that outstanding leaders have transferable skills and are confident and effective in all aspects of their role but we also recognise that you will need support and challenge yourself so that you can grow to be the best you can be – we will make this happen.
You will relate to the Academy’s ethos of “the best in everyone” and enjoy working with a rich, diverse group of young people in a dynamic and vibrant learning environment. Walthamstow Academy is sponsored by United Learning. As part of the largest group of Academies and independent schools, we offer outstanding professional development and career progression across both the maintained and independent sector.
To conclude, we need someone who is passionate about making a difference, please get in touch.
- To drive improvement in Biology
- To improve Biology outcomes in all key stages
- To lead the department by being an outstanding line manager and role model.
- To encourage all pupils to have the highest possible aspirations and develop positive attitudes to learning
Working for us
Walthamstow Academy opened its impressive new building in 2006 and since then we have achieved excellent results both at GCSE and at A-Level. In 2017, Walthamstow Academy students achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.44 (which is in the top 18% of schools nationally). At A-Level, our students achieve excellently with many of them progressing to Russell Group institutions. Because we are so successful, the school is now full and oversubscribed on first choices alone.
We do not achieve these results by accident. At Walthamstow Academy, we believe in the best in everyone. We have a relentless focus on high expectations and aim to identify barriers to success and provide necessary support as quickly as possible to ensure our students achieve. We do not accept excuses and always strive for the best.
The Academy is proud of its multi-cultural character and we celebrate the diversity of heritage in our community. 84% of our students are from minority ethnic groups, many coming from African, Caribbean, Eastern European, Turkish and Pakistani communities.
Within the community served by the academy there is social and economic disadvantage with more than half of the students being eligible for Pupil Premium. One third of the students have a first language other than English and a significant number have low levels of literacy on entry. Many students enter the Academy with low levels of attainment and the staff work hard to add value to their performance. Standards across the Academy are above national averages in most subjects.
The Academy is located close to the North Circular Road, M11 and both Blackhorse Road and Walthamstow Central underground stations from where it takes about half an hour to get into central London. The Academy is situated in a part of London where property prices are still relatively inexpensive and within easy access of Epping Forest, the Lee Valley and rural Hertfordshire and Essex.
Walthamstow Academy has achieved the CPLD Gold Award in recognition of our investment in professional development, because we know that without our wonderful staff, what we have achieved would not be possible, so thank you for your interest in coming to work with us. It starts with someone like you believing you can contribute further to our community.
To apply please visit https://unitedlearning.current-vacancies.com/Jobs/Advert/1254425?cid=1567
Where teaching is better shared
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